The Coronavirus pandemic has made many things a bit more challenging, and the housing market is no different. The virus has slowed the buying and selling of houses amongst those who can afford to wait, but that’s not always an option that’s feasible for everyone. And with that said, houses are still being bought and sold; it just requires a different process to make it happen.
So what should you do if you’re trying to sell a home? The important thing is to cater to potential buyers and to the unique circumstances happening around the world at the moment. If you’re willing to go the extra mile for buyers with these tips, you should still be able to put your home on the market and price it to sell.
The Deep Clean
Hygiene and cleanliness have to be a priority when selling homes these days. From the real estate agents and the movers to the house itself, it's important that everyone’s doing everything they can to protect the health of all involved parties. That means washing hands and social distancing for the agents and movers, but for the homeowner that means a thorough home cleaning before you put the home on the market. Use disinfectant cleaners on your surfaces, and turn to an upholstery cleaner for your carpets and fabrics.
One of the ways agents are helping with this task is by limiting the in-home viewings to potential buyers who have a serious interest in the property. But with that said, it’s still important to clean surfaces both before and after a viewing. That way, you’re properly protecting everyone involved, and showing yourself to be a seller worth negotiating with.
Having soap and hand sanitizer available for walkthroughs of your home is a smart idea as well. And if you can acquire some one-time use masks for those who walk through your home, it’ll go a long way in keeping everyone healthy.
The Walkthrough, or Lack Thereof
As previously discussed, the way homes are being sold during the pandemic has changed. And while some walkthroughs are still happening, many buyers are foregoing a walkthrough entirely in an effort to keep their families healthy.
That’s why virtual tours are growing in popularity amongst buyers, and it’s a great way to get your home showcased by real estate agents. These tours can be offered in a variety of ways, depending on your budget. It often starts with consulting with your agent and putting together a tour that makes sense for the market for your home. In general, this means having someone working with the agent come to take photos or video for the virtual tour - which is a lot safer for everyone involved than having dozens of people entering your home..
Another version of this is a virtual open house, hosted by the agent in question through Zoom, FaceTime, or another video service. This allows several different buyers to meet with your agent, to ask questions, and to see a home in a much more approachable, “unstaged” atmosphere.
What about inspections?
Some sellers will be cautious when it comes to home inspections, but it’s still a necessary part of closing on a home. Luckily, the inspection itself is fairly quick, and can be done without your attendance. In fact, some agents are encouraging sellers to get out of the house for the inspection.
Selling a home is never an easy task, and the Coronavirus pandemic has made the process even more complicated. Despite the headaches and annoyances that might arise from it, though, it’s still vital to make your home as available as possible to prospective buyers. If you’re willing to work with your agent and do your best to protect everyone involved, you can still sell your home during the pandemic.